I’m unsure how Grandparents’ Day should be celebrated since no such day existed when I was growing up. In fact, it wasn’t until about ten or fifteen years ago that I even knew a day to recognize grandparents existed.
I remember when asking why there were so many adults eating in the cafeteria being told that the kindergarten classes were celebrating Grandparents’ Day. (You can always count on kindergarten teachers to recognize new holidays and find ways to teach their students to use their newly acquired writing skills to make cards.)
Then my parents started going to school with my nieces and nephews in early September for special events organized by their schools. Grandparents’ Day was an actual event listed on the calendar for the first Sunday in September following Labor Day.
I’m not sure grandparents are really looking for gifts on this occasion, but I’m sure they’d enjoy any excuse for contact from their grandchildren. So if you don’t see them in person today, drop a note in the mail, make a call, send a text or I’d like to see a new tradition started by my parents’ grandchildren…send a selfie…that guarantees up-to-date pictures of grandchildren will always be as easy to find as the cell phone.
Sunday is World Oceans Day and one simple way you can celebrate our oceans is by taking a selfie. What could be easier? WorldOceansDay.org, the event organizers, ask that you take a selfie in which you share how you’re helping and then post the selfie on a social media site with the hashtag #WorldOceansDay.
Now don’t use the excuse that you’re now going to be at the ocean tomorrow! Here’s a list from the World Oceans Day website with suggestions of things you can promise to do to help the oceans that don’t require a trip to the beach to take a selfie:
Promise to use reusable grocery bags.
Promise to take shorter showers.
Promise to only eat sustainably caught or farmed seafood.
Promise to use a reusable water bottle.
Promise to shop at a thrift shop before buying new.
Promise to unplug electronics chargers when not in use.
Promise to bike instead of drive for at least one errand a week.
Promise to participate in a litter clean up.
Need a placard? Use this one or make your own.
As you can see there are many promises that can be made and selfies to be taken without a trip to the beach, but then again, if you need an excuse to spend tomorrow at the ocean or gulf…then go for it!
I’ll be looking for your messages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
When I heard Oxford Dictionary selected the word “selfie” as the 2013 word of the year, I couldn’t help but smile. Although the word’s been around for about a decade, I didn’t join the selfie crowd until 2013, and I certainly haven’t mastered the art of taking a picture of myself and then sharing it to a social media website.
In fact, awkward is the only way to describe my version of a selfie. I’m never sure if I’ll actually be in the frame of the picture and then the look on my face always shows I’m concentrating on the mechanics of taking a picture.
While chosen as word of the year, selfie is also included on many lists of words that should be banished from the language. It seems only twerk has been rated as more annoying.
I guess that’s to be expected. About the time I join in the trend, it’s old hat and on the way out!